PLACERVILLE — More local foster kids will have a CASA advocate to help them find safe, permanent homes thanks to a $10,000 grant from U.S. Bank.
Each year approximately 500 abused and neglected children in El Dorado County are court ordered for a CASA advocate after being pulled from their homes by Child Protective Services and placed into foster care. CASA is a non-profit that matches each advocate with a child, or sibling group, to spend time with them, find out more about their life and assist the court in making critical decisions relative to support services and permanent placement. Children who have a CASA Advocate in their life are less likely to be in long term foster care and suffer outcomes including incarceration as children or adults, becoming victims of sex trafficking, having unwanted babies and repeating the cycle of abuse and neglect.
“Studies have proven we can create better outcomes for these children in terms of the court mandated services they receive, as well their ability to stay out of the child welfare system once they leave. Together we are doing important work representing the lives of those who need us the most,” said John Adams, CASA executive director.
“U.S. Bank’s support, as well as that of all our sponsors, is critical to our ability to serve every child needing an advocate,” he continued. “Court and government funding for our program is limited, therefore individual and corporate support, such as U.S. Bank, is fundamental to our ability to serve these children. Despite our relative success, each year we end up, on average, with more than 100 children who are ‘unserved’ because we lack the financial resources to recruit, train and support more Advocates. I hope this article inspires other community members and companies to donate their time or funds, so every child needing a CASA Advocate gets one wherever they live.”
U.S. Bank helps support the CASA program and sees the partnership as an important one in helping the community now and for the future.
“U.S. Bank is grateful for the valuable services that Child Advocates of El Dorado County provide to their child clients, who are neglected and/or abused,” said Pamela Maxwell, vice president and community affairs manager for U.S. Bank. “Because of the work of the Advocates, many children will have a better quality of life — a life that is healthier, happier and more productive.”
To find out more about how you can help Child Advocates El Dorado County as an advocate or donor or attend the annual fundraiser auction on Oct. 4, 2014, go to casaeldorado.org.